• Destruction of Memory review

    Tim Slade’s film, based on Robert Bevan’s 2006 book of the same name, documents the cultural destruction that has wrought catastrophic results across the world. It’s a must-see, says Veronica Simpson

  • Resilient cities: Bristol

    Bristol’s year as European Green Capital has seen this UK city deliver a raft of projects that demonstrate its commitment to sustainable transport, energy, food culture and urban design. But a greater force is being summoned to maximise the programme’s impact: the creativity and enthusiasm of its citizens

  • Daydream believer: Theaster Gates

    Theaster Gates, artist and activist, has demonstrated that grass-roots architecture and culture can be a powerful force for activating human capital in the city. Artists often like to dream the impossible — but few go out and make it happen

  • Milan Expo 2015: from Blueprint’s point of view

    Milan Expo 2015 offered an indigestible banquet of overblown audio-visual gimmicks and kitsch excess, with huge inconsistencies of architectural and design innovation and liberal helpings of blatant self-promotion. And yet there was much to intrigue and entertain. Veronica Simpson reaches for the Rennies….

  • Brief Encounters

    Veronica Simpson flies the flag for local makers, producers and entrepreneurs.

  • Third Age Architecture

    As the number of over-60s grows both in the UK and around the world, the provision of good quality accommodation is becoming vital, reports Veronica Simpson.

  • Come on, feel the noise

    The latest FX seminar had design experts wrestling with workplace acoustics, the psychological and sensory effects of open-plan offices and why choice needs to be placed far higher on the design agenda.

  • Design recovery: Enlightening hospital design

    Fancy spending a morning in Whittington Hospital’s Ambulatory Care centre? Thanks to some enlightened design and client thinking, you might not find it such a bleak place after all…

  • The importance of the inbetweeners

    Are in-between spaces in offices more important than desks? Can a neighbourhood work without great public space? Veronica Simpson joined the debate at Morgan Lovell’s latest seminar.

  • The Bilbao Effect - Hit and Myth

    Statement buildings are so last century. As the architectural world awaits the winning scheme for the Guggenheim Helsinki, we reflect on the legacy — both intended and unintended — of the Guggenheim Bilbao. What underpins its extraordinary success as a cultural icon? And can Helsinki hope to replicate that formula?